Foucart, who joined the Texas A&M Department of Mathematics faculty in 2015 and is a 2019 Texas A&M Presidential Impact Fellow, will lead TAMIDS-related activities to promote the growth of external research engagements in data science across the university. He joins Dr. Nick Duffield, TAMIDS Director and Royce E. Wisenbaker Professor I in the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, and Dr. Yu Ding, TAMIDS Associate Director for Research Engagement and Mike and Sugar Barnes Professor in the Department of Industrial & Systems Engineering, as a member of the TAMIDS leadership team.
Foucart will develop new programs to promote engagement between TAMIDS, Texas A&M researchers and external collaborators, including an academic visitor program to attract researchers who can contribute to TAMIDS research programs and collaborate with Texas A&M data science researchers.
“As one of Texas A&M University’s leading researchers in the foundations of data science with many collaborations, Simon Foucart is well-placed to lead the development of new relationships with external researchers and peer institutes,” Duffield said. “I am very pleased to welcome Simon to the TAMIDS leadership team.”
After receiving a masters of engineering from Ecole Centrale Paris, Foucart earned his Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Cambridge in 2006. He held postdoctoral positions at Vanderbilt University and Paris 6 University before joining Drexel University in 2010 and subsequently moving to the University of Georgia in 2013 prior to coming to Texas A&M in 2015. He also held short-term visiting appointments at the University of Bonn, University of South Florida, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, CNRS Toulouse and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Foucart’s most influential work to date revolves around the field of compressive sensing–contributions that were recognized with the Journal of Complexity’s 2010 Best Paper Award. His current interests include the mathematical aspects of metagenomics, optimization, deep learning and data science at large. He serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Approximation Theory, the Journal of Numerical Mathematics and Sampling Theory, Signal Processing and Data Analysis.
In addition to more than 50 peer-reviewed research articles, Foucart has written two graduate-level textbooks: A Mathematical Introduction to Compressive Sensing (with Holger Rauhut, Birkhauser) and Mathematical Pictures at a Data Science Exhibition (publication pending, Cambridge University Press).
To learn more about Foucart and his teaching, research and service efforts, visit https://www.math.tamu.edu/~foucart/.
For more information about the Texas A&M Institute of Data Science, go to https://tamids.tamu.edu.
Contact: Shana K. Hutchins, (979) 862-1237 or [email protected]